Fate Davis: Ohio's Best Boxers

20.12.05 - By Jim Amato: The City of Akron, Ohio has produced some pretty tough fighters. Former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes quickly comes to mind. So does light heavyweight contender Ray Anderson and a rugged middleweight named Doyle Baird. One of Akron's best of the 1960's and 70's passed away in June of 2005. His name was Fate Davis and he met some of the best of his era.. He turned pro in 1962 and racked up a respectable record while moving up the ladder. In 1965 Fate was stopped in one round by the murderous punching Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. In 1967 Fate would drop a ten round duke to the highly regarded Stan "Kitten" Hayward.

In 1969, Fate would be stopped by the great Jose Napoles. Two months later, Napoles would capture the world welterweight title from Curtis Cokes. Later in 1969, Davis would drop a decision to future champion Angel Espada.

In 1970, Davis would lose a points verdict to the comebacking Cokes but the following year he would hold Cokes to a draw at the Akron Armory. Next, he would go to England and draw with their highly regarded prospect Mark Rowe.

In his next fight, Fate was stopped in five rounds by the dangerous Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Davis received one more shot at the big time in 1974 when he met Canadian contender Clyde Gray. Davis was taken out in the eighth round. Davis finally retired in 1977. He engaged in 55 professional contests. He won 37 of them, 28 by knockout. He met three world champions in Napoles, Cokes and Espada.

Rest in peace...

Article posted on 20.12.2005

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